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Admission to the PhD Program

To be admitted to the department's graduate program in mathematics, applicants must document competence equivalent to graduation from a recognized U.S. four-year college, university or institute of technology. Students who are finishing a B.S. or B.A. degree in the mathematical sciences (or in a program with a strong mathematics component) are eligible to be considered for admission. Applications should be complete by January 15 for admission to begin graduate study in the Fall semester. There is no application fee . All applicants should apply online at  MathPrograms to the program labeled as "Ph.D. in Mathematics".

Required materials

Before a decision can be made regarding admission the following materials are required:

  • Official Transcripts

    The applicant must submit transcripts from all college-level institutions which they have attended, whether or not a degree was received. Official copies should be mailed to the department at the address below, and a legible scanned copy should be uploaded as part of the MathPrograms online application.

  • Reference letters

    The applicant must request letters of recommendation from at least three professional references. At least one of these references should be from the college most recently attended. As part of the MathPrograms online application process, emails to the references will be generated with submission instructions: the reference letters must be submitted directly by the references to MathPrograms in accordance with these instructions.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

    Applicants are required to take both the GRE general test and the GRE mathematics subject test. A legible scanned copy of the applicant's official GRE test report should be uploaded as part of the MathPrograms online application, but it is not necessary for the application process that an official copy be sent to CMU.

    If an applicant is admitted, they are then required to have an official copy of the GRE test report sent. The institution code for CMU is 2074. Any one of the following three department codes can be used: "0702 Appl Math", "0703 Math", or "0799 Other Math Sciences".

    It is important that the applicant should take the tests early enough to ensure that the report can be scanned and uploaded by January 15. Applicants should inquire about test dates, testing center locations and availability well in advance of the deadline, as places in these centers tend to fill up quickly. Information about these tests can be obtained from the GRE website.

  • TOEFL scores

    In general, applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who received their entire undergraduate education in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom may be exempted from submitting a TOEFL score by arrangement with the department. A legible scanned copy of the applicant's official TOEFL test report should be uploaded as part of the MathPrograms online application, but it is not necessary for the application process that an official copy be sent to CMU.

    If an applicant is admitted, they are then required to have an official copy of the TOEFL test report sent. The institution code for CMU is 2074. Either of the following two department codes can be used: "72 Math" or "54 Applied Math". Information about this test can be obtained from the TOEFL website.

  • Statement of Purpose

    The applicant must submit a statement of purpose describing their mathematical background, previous research experience and primary areas of interest. Typical statements of purpose are one or two pages long. The statement of purpose should be submitted as part of the MathPrograms online application.

Optional materials

The applicant may also submit other materials such as mathematical papers or research reports in support of their application. These materials should be uploaded as part of the MathPrograms online application.

Contact information

For further information contact:
Stella Andreoletti
+1 412 268 2545
sd2e@andrew.cmu.edu
The mailing address for the graduate program is:
Department of Mathematical Sciences
c/o Stella Andreoletti,
Wean Hall 6113,
Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 U.S.A.